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Speaking of Nature: The blue-winged teal

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The scene was a familiar one to me: a rather substantial body of water not far from my house with the characteristics of a pond —– shallow water with lots of cattails — but the size of a lake. I pass by this lake on my way to and from work and I am regularly tantalized by what I see. … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Catamount Hills hikes The Deerfield River Watershed Association plans three spring free hikes in the Catamount Hills: April 26, May 3 and June 14. ∎ … 0

Speaking of Nature: A dandy dabbling duck

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The big news in birding this week is the arrival of the waterfowl. Ducks and geese have flooded into our area as the ice covering … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Kestrel nest box talk March 28 NORTHAMPTON — State ornithologist Andrew Vitz, in partnership with Kestrel Land Trust and Hampshire Bird Club, will discuss results from a study that monitors kestrel populations and helps elucidate the mechanisms behind their long-term declines. This project was initiated in 2013. Learn … 0

Speaking of Nature: A winter-thrush trifecta!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

One of the satisfying aspects of keeping a field journal is the fact that you have your own personal record of past events. It’s a silly thing, I know, but I take great delight in saying, “To My … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Competitive paddling Saturday ORANGE — Trail Head, 1 South Main St., Orange, will be having a free workshop Saturday, March 15, at 7 p.m. This event will be all about competitive paddling. The presenters are father/daughter team Eric … 0

Voices of Audubon: area bird sightings

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. Migrant birds reported on the Connecticut River included northern pintails, ring-necked ducks, bufflehead, common goldeneyes, hooded mergansers and common mergansers. Early arriving land birds included bald eagles, red-shouldered hawks, peregrine falcons, merlins, American kestrels, … 0

Kids & Critters: a fat rabbit

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

All winter long, I have been noticing something rather odd. It doesn’t happen every single night, but at least a couple times a week it appears as though rabbits will walk out onto my deck. This is odd … 0

Said and Done: Lollygagging was not Mabel's way

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

This is a Valentine’s remembrance for a lady no longer here. She is worth remembering. Mabel always wore widow’s weeds. There was no need for it. She had never lost a husband, for she had never married. We often saw her, dressed in black from head to toe, … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Kestrel nest box talk Mach 28 NORTHAMPTON — State ornithologist Andrew Vitz, in partnership with Kestrel Land Trust and Hampshire Bird Club, will discuss results from a study that monitors kestrel populations and helps elucidate the mechanisms behind … 0

Voice of Audubon

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. Open water has brought more migrating water birds to the region. Found this week were mute swan, wood duck, northern pintail, ring-necked duck, bufflehead, common goldeneye, hooded merganser and common merganser. Also reported were … 0

Speaking of Nature: The harlequin duck

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Well folks, this is it: the end of February and the light at the end of the tunnel for winter’s reign is starting to show brighter and brighter on the horizon. I have just returned from one of … 0

Trail Mix: How to identify trees by bark and habitat clues Saturday

Thursday, February 27, 2014

How to identify trees by bark and habitat clues On Saturday, March 1, Nancy Goodman will lead a Pioneer Valley Institute walk in the Connecticut River floodplain starting from the parking area at the base of the Sunderland … 0